As I embrace the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year, I restart my discipline of prayer and medication. I find devotionals help me with this. I discovered one perfect for this transition entitled, Live Brilliantly, https://my.bible.com/reading-plans/11752-live-brilliantly-a-study-in-the-book-of-1-john . It is a devotional that is looking at the the book of John, one of my favorite books. If you enjoy devotionals, maybe you might this one too.
St. John 1:5, writes, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” The word, ‘darkness’ in this passage means figuratively spiritual obscurity, i.e. that which blocks the light of God when faith is lacking. An expanded definition suggests that the darkness wants the daylight but has to wait for it to shine bright enough to fill the space with light. This speaks to me because I believe what the human spirit is begging for is light. It wants to love and be loved but it needs someone to fill the void with it. The misunderstanding that exists in humanity is that we hate one another which is darkness. No, we love one another and it will become clearer as we walk in light and love.
The light of God clearly shines but we can miss it. For example, if those who should be spiritual are not reflecting divine characteristics, then His light is obscured. Greed and corruption block light. Others may be fearful and try to hide the light but it can’t be hidden. Regardless don’t be discouraged, if you believe in light and love, walk in the light.
God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. St John 1:5
Walk in love. Love yourself. Don’t accept the false myth that you need to be like anyone else or that God only loves certain people. God is love and ‘Love’ loves all of us! I appreciate this because it frees us to come together in peace since He doesn’t hate anyone. Light is truth too!
This way of thinking should not be radical but unfortunately it is. It should not be political or anti-social but it encroaches into the realms of power and the allocation of resources. In order to walk in the light, we must change the belief that we are against one another and war is the solution to every problem. You don’t have to be a Christ follower to embrace love and light. But for those of us who are, it is not good enough for us to just know that the light exists, but to harness the courage to walk in it, to become it. We change every space we enter when we shine.
We are neighbors. We want the same things in life; to live in peace and thrive. We can live this way. How? You start by walking in light and love.